Thursday, March 24, 2011


To work or not to work that is the question..... Since Aidan has started preschool 2 days a week I have been thinking about going back to work. I let my teaching credential expire a couple of years ago and it is going to be a ton of work and huge expense to reinstate it ( about a year and a half of coursework) I have been thinking about something part time. I have applied as a teachers assistant in our new school district and have gone through the first round of interviews. The interview process is really "different" here. They spent two days conducting interviews of everyone that applied. They give you a score and a rank based on the interview. I am happy to say that I scored 99 out of 100 for my interview and a rank of 1 ( I would have been really disappointed had it been anything less since it is a job I am really overqualified for lol!) They then start with the first rank and you are called to interview by individual schools. I have to say if I were a principal or a teacher I would LOVE this system. It seems to really weed out any flakes or incompetent people right away. I got a call today and I have 2 interviews next week with 2 different schools. The problem is I'm not sure I really want to go back to work or if it makes sense for me to go back to work. Part of me is really itching to get back in the classroom and work with children again ( even if it is as the teachers assistant and not the teacher). Part of me worries how this is going to affect Aidan. These 2 positions are for 30 hours a week, which means he would be in school / daycare for 30 hours a week since I get zero help at home with him ( I honestly do love my hubby but he is just unable to help with Aidan in any capacity because of the schedule he creates for himself) . I feel very blessed and very thankful that I have been able to stay at home with him for almost 4 years now. I know many people would LOVE that opportunity and they are all saying don't do it! Honestly, I am not even sure that what I would be making would cover daycare expenses ( if it didnt -I definitely would not do it). Part of me feels like I should be contributing something towards our finances. Even though I would not be bringing home the big bucks, just the fact that these positions provide benefits like insurance would be a HUGE contribution ( considering what we pay each month for health insurance). There is a possibility that if I got one of the positions I am interviewing for ( it is in a preschool class with a mix of typical and autistic kids) that Aidan could attend the same school next year. Our district offers a 2 year kindergarten program for kids with birthdays between June and December called the PEPP program. There is a wait list for it so Im not sure Aidan could even get in ,but I would hope they would factor in the fact that I worked there.

There are a lot of pros and cons to consider and a lot of unknowns right now. I guess I will just get through the interviews, see if I actually get offered a position, see what I can negotiate as far as the pay and go from there. Sorry about the rambling- I just have a lot I am thinking about right now and it helps to get it written down so I just decided to blog about it lol! Also, the picture at top has nothing to do with this post. Its just one I found that I took at the Monster Truck Jam a couple of months ago that I never blogged about. Sorry about the randomness. lol!
Tomorrow is unplugged Friday for us- so everyone have a great weekend! :)


Anonymous said...

Did you ever consider tutoring at home? You wouldn't have ins (would you if you only worked 30 hrs a wk) but it would be extra income and you could charge what you want.
I too have wondered about some of the lurkers from foreign countries. I know Clinton has lifetime members in all countries but some of the countries I don't recognize.

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